Entries by CHHS Research Assistants & Externs

Securing a Final Four

By CHHS Extern Alec Prechtel The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament concluded Monday night, in host city Minneapolis, with a thrilling overtime victory by the University of Virginia. Lost in the bright lights and confetti of Virginia’s victory however, were the immense security measures taken by the city of Minneapolis and event partners to ensure that […]

NSA Considers Allowing Controversial Phone Surveillance Program Exposed by Snowden to Expire

by CHHS Extern Jiah Park In 2013, Edward Snowden, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee and former employee of Booz Allen Hamilton, a National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, leaked information regarding the United States’ (U.S.) government’s surveillance practices, which were used on both its own citizens and foreign individuals. Through different programs, the NSA […]

The Call for Privacy Regulations of Big Tech Companies

By CHHS Extern Jaime McCoy Big tech companies are currently self-regulated, but that could soon change. With members of Congress being younger and more diverse than ever before, it seems to be the perfect time to address the regulation of technology. Congress is currently holdings oversight hearings, and lawmakers are proposing new regulations in a […]

EPA’s New Plan To Address Toxic Chemicals In Drinking Water Falls Short

By CHHS Extern Suhani Chitalia Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that include PFOA, PFOS, and GenX. PFAS are commonly found in packaging used for food, commercial household products, industrial work environments, drinking water and living organisms. PFAS presents a threat to public health because most people come into contact […]

Updates on the Purdue Pharma Saga: Founding Family Member Dr. Richard Sackler Went Along with Plan to Conceal Drugs’ Strength

By CHHS Extern Kyla Kaplan The CDC reported in 2018 that the drug OxyContin (oxycodone) is one of the top opioid drugs used in this country, and often leads to cases of overdose and/or death. As lawsuits against Purdue Pharma, the company that developed OxyContin, solidify, new information has surfaced that Dr. Richard Sackler, a […]

U.S. Measles Outbreak May Land in Court

By CHHS Extern Felicia Langel What began as scientific fraud became an emerging global health crisis just twenty years later.  In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his colleagues published an article in the British medical journal, The Lancet, claiming a link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (“MMR”) vaccine and autism.  Wakefield’s work was immediately […]

The State of Cybersecurity at the State of the Union: Largely Forgotten

By CHHS Extern Adam McCormick On February 5, President Donald J. Trump delivered his second State of the Union Address, all but ignoring cybersecurity. The lengthy 82-minute speech touched on immigration, the economy, bipartisanship, and the military. The lone mention of a tech related issue was a brief jab at China for “years of targeting […]